Month: May 2019

Edward Snowden: With Technology, Institutions Have Made ‘Most Effective Means of Social Control in the History of Our Species’

Common Dreams | Source URL NSA whistleblower says “new platforms and algorithms” can have direct effect on human behavior NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance. Snowden appeared at Dalhousie […]

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

Ryan MAC , Rosalind Adams, | Buzzfeed News | Source URL Millions of dollars from US university endowments, foundations, and retirement plans have helped fund two billion-dollar Chinese facial recognition startups: SenseTime and Megvii. The Chinese government is using their technologies to surveil and profile its own citizens. HONG KONG — […]

Police To Use TSA-Style Scanners To Spy On People In Public Places

Mass Private I | Source URL TSA-style body scanners are coming to public spaces, and that should scare the hell out of everyone. If you thought the NYPD’s Z-Backscatter vans and police mini-Z’s were intrusive, you have not seen anything yet. Soon, nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes, […]

Law Enforcement’s National Threat Assessment Program Predicts If You Pose A Future Threat

Mass Private I | Source URL It has been nearly two years, since I reported on the dangers of creating a law enforcement run Mental Health Assessment (MHA) program. In Texas, police use MHA’s to “screen” every person they have arrested for mental illness. But the TAPS Act, first introduced in […]

Amazon Is Working on a Wearable Device That Reads Human Emotions

Amazon Is Working on a Wearable Device That Reads Human Emotions

Matt Day | Bloomberg | Source URL Amazon.com Inc. is developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions. The wrist-worn gadget is described as a health and wellness product in internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. It’s a collaboration between Lab126, the hardware development group behind Amazon’s Fire phone […]

US government is funding research into technology that will connect soldiers’ brains to computers

US government is funding research into technology that will connect soldiers’ brains to computers

James Pero | The Daily Mail | Source URL The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding research that could give a future generation of soldiers the power to control machines and weapons with their minds. The agency said it will fund six organizations through the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program […]

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

James Pero | The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon will continue to sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement and other entities after its shareholders shot down a proposal to reel the technology in.   The vote effectively kills two initiatives brought before Amazon’s board. One proposal would […]

Comcast wants to install a motion detector device in homes that can track your bedroom and bathroom habits

Comcast wants to install a motion detector device in homes that can track your bedroom and bathroom habits

Annie Palmer | Daily Mail | Source URL Comcast is reportedly developing a smart home speaker that monitors users health behaviors in the home.  The telecom giant started working on the device more than a year ago and could begin tests later this year, before launching it in 2020, CNBC reported, citing […]

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Lizzie Dearden | The Independent | Source URL First legal challenge against UK police trials of facial recognition to set precedent Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on […]